Phish took the stage last night at Dick's in Commerce City, CO, on the middle night of this tour-closing run at the same time as the previous night, 8:20pm, even though Friday's late start was presumably weather-induced. On a stage that seemingly continues to get narrower and taller, Phish came out with ferocious, staight forward, Saturday-night-blazing guns. While it was quickly obvious there would be no repeat in stitching together a theme-based set like the previous night, it was also quickly obvious that Phish was intent on not letting the majesty of the surroundings overpower their sound. There was absolute shredding throughout the first set, beginninng with the stalwart "Possum".
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The Dick(‘s Sporting Goods Park). The Phish. Labor Day Weekend. End of tour. Echoing the Alpharetta2 (6/15/11) webcast: StormTeam17 reports heavy winds, lightning and sandstorms pre-gig. Think “S”!
Lights @ 8:17 MDT, a stock “Sample” opener, briskly into a “Sparkle,” “The Sloth” combo that keeps the energy high and allows band and crowd alike to settle in before the first catch-your-breath moment. “Sweet Virgina” provides the first deviation from script, their fourth ever performance (the first in 84 shows, 12-5-09 Charlottesville) and third since the Halloween ‘09 cover of Exile on Main St. in its entirety. Then the second-only Phish performance of “Suskind Hotel” kicks the tempo up in a welcome nod to those that have been clamoring for more Mike songs in the repertoire. “Suskind Hotel” was awesome, with strong hints of “Birds of a Feather” in the jam and a “CYHMK” in the ending. A strong presence on the 2006 GRAB tour (as well as the Mike Gordon solo repetroire), this one is a keeper!
Welcome back to the Video of the Week! Every Friday, we will highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. In a stroke of serendipity, our choice last week of the David Bowie from 11-02-1990 was on the recently released Live Bait. Thanks for reading and watching.
In a show largely forgotten due to the following monumental festival that was Big Cypress and the previous years’ (‘97 and ‘98) Hampton shows, 12/18/99 is a hidden gem. The weeks leading up to the two night run at The Mothership were filled with hype and excitement from what many fans started to refer to as “The Hampton Factor”.
After a less-than-stellar first night, the show kicks off with only the second “Hood” opener since 1989 at 320 Spear Street (the first being a mere seven days earlier in Philadelphia). Trey quickly jumps in to Jimmy Smith’s “Back at the Chicken Shack”. This is one of only eight performances ever, ranging from late 1998 to early 2000. The crowd knew it was on. As Chicken Shack rolls to a stop, Trey starts up “Dog Log”. It was a heartened performance accompanied by a cannon of cheers. At the end, Trey dedicates Dog Log to Paul Languedoc, Phish’s [ex] soundman and guitar/bass builder, and remarks how it is his favorite song. “As a matter of fact he likes it so much, we’ll play it again!” They then play the first few bars of the song before stopping and flying into a ripping "Tube". The set continues with other 1999 necesseties such as “Heavy Things”, “Back on the Train”, “First Tube”, and “The Inlaw Josie Wales”, before closing out with a quintessential “You Enjoy Myself”.
The second set featured an array of classics opening with “2001” and ending with “Mike’s Groove”. A “Ya Mar” and “Sleeping Monkey” encore truly proved that Hampton Comes Alive. Fans walked out that night satisfied and excited for the Big Cypress New Years Festival.
A few recollections from the evening from Phish.net staff:
@pnazzaro: "The evening of 12/18/99 at Hampton Coliseum holds several distinctions: A "Harry Hood" show opener had been a rare treat in the second half of the 90's. A young "First Tube" that I somehow labelled as "First Thought" on my master DAT that was excavated for this blurb. An extended and extra spacey "Also Sprach Zarathustra". A muscular and powerful "Mike's Song". A surprise Weekapaug-> Buffalo Bill> Weekapaug sandwich (which is nothing really special, musically). And as a totality of a show, it was the last rave-up before that magical weekend in the Florida Everglades.
But most importantly, it was the unofficial album release party for the second-most witty album title/concept ever. And the nods at Frampton during Also Sprach Zarathustra bear that out.
@ScottyB: "You think Phish fans like to hype upcoming shows? Well just imagine the hype leading into two nights at the Mothership after the band threw the fuck down at that venue for the two years prior. Those who had missed the '97 and '98 runs made sure not to miss the '99 run. Everyone talked about the "Hampton Factor" and we all expected the best of the best. Unfortunately, Phish shit the bed the first night. In what was their worst performance to date at the venue, there were no debuts, bustouts and they didn't play well to complete the trifecta. We all went back to our rooms and shook our heads at what we just witnessed. How did that happen? Would that trend continue the next night?
Harry Hood, Back at the Chicken Shack, Dog Log, Tube immediately made it clear "The Hampton Factor" was in full effect for night two. The band played well and were inventive with the setlist. A rare first set-closing YEM was the icing on the opening stanza cake. Shit got real in Set Two with the Frampton tease we all knew was coming after Phish named their album Hampton Comes Alive and the Weekapaug was INSANE. Now THAT'S how you end a tour before heading down to Florida for the Millennium.
@sethadam1: I was at the show and I remember it perfectly. I was sitting in the second to last row of the upper bowl, Page side, there was a Hood opener and then BATCS kicked in. It was most certainly not my favorite song, but in retrospect, it was one of the last performances of this little bluesy number, and it was great in the "second song" position. The Hampton '99 shows are overlooked largely because they are way overshadowed by both the previous Hampton shows (97 and 98) and the Big Cypress festival that immediately followed, but this night was full of interesting twists and turns. Dog Log, Buffalo Bill, etc, made this an unpredictable setlist. A bombtastic 2001 opened set 2.
But, back to Chicken Shack and Dog Log, obviously, neither show has seen its 3.0 debut yet, and both were fairly exciting - and bustouts - at the time too.
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Phish.net folks Brian Feller and Charlie Dirksen are guests tonight on the Type II Cast podcast - available for streaming during or after the broadcast and for subscription via iTunes - discussing the Tahoe and Outside Lands shows. "Songs were played, and then the next songs were played," Brian Feller.
According to the New York Times article yesterday, President Obama's choice for a key economics adviser, Alan B. Krueger, a Princeton University professor, knows a lot about labor markets and unemployment, having written a key study on the minimum wage and effects on jobs. But Krueger also has a wide ranging set of interests in economic subjects, including a 2004 paper he co-authored on the concert industry entitled "Rockonomics: The Economics of Popular Music", online here.
The summary abstract of the paper states that it:
"... considers economic issues and trends in the rock and roll industry, broadly defined. The analysis focuses on concert revenues, the main source of performers’ income. Issues considered include: price measurement; concert price acceleration in the 1990s; the increased concentration of revenue among performers; reasons for the secondary ticket market; methods for ranking performers; copyright protection; and technological change.
Welcome to the 65th installment of the Mystery Jam. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Tuesday Hint: No hint needed this week.
Wednesday Answer: Congrats to dclose for going against the "Piper" group-think and correctly ID'ing the 4/16/04 "Twist," easily the best thing to come out of the infamous Vegas '04 run. The Blog will return on Monday with a Very SpecialTM Labor Day Edition of the Mystery Jam.
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Phish Video of the Week
Welcome to a new weekly feature on Phish.net. Every Friday, we will highlight a video with a brief recap of the show it is from and what makes it interesting, noteworthy or simply fun. With the help of Dan Saewitz from Phishvids.com, we hope to keep the stream of videos coming at you entertaining and interesting. Have a cool video you’d like to suggest? Interested in contributing a review yourself? Please feel free to PM me and we’d be more than happy to get your input. Thanks, @tmwsiy
1990, Phish, and Colorado. If you had played that trifecta with your bookie in 1989, you would have walked away a huge winner. Host to nearly a couple dozen shows in 1990, Phish was tearing Colorado a new one night after night. One of the more memorable shows came on 11-02-90 at the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado in Boulder in what became a very well known show and a highly traded & collected tape throughout the 90’s.
This early 90’s show had many of the quirks, jams and special moments that had begun to attract attention & new-found fans from coast to coast. After an announcement that the band had broken up and the show would be performed by “Phish 2000”, the band ripped through an engaging first set that culminated in a "Possum" > "Buried" > "Possum" sequence replete with "Charlie Chan" and "Oom-Pa-Pa" signals.
As engaging as the end of the first set was, the second set closed with a truly memorable "David Bowie". Through a myriad of teases, mostly from songs played earlier in the evening, the band once again showed Colorado what Phish was all about. Teases in the intro to Bowie included a medley of Possum, Mockingbird, Forbin's, Divided Sky, Lawn Boy, Landlady, Mike's Song, The Asse Festival, Lizards, Foam, Hood, Lengthwise, and Makisupa Policeman. Obviously, this, along with Trey's shredding guitar work earn this version a spot on the Bowie Jamming Chart.
Part of the University Memorial Center at UC Boulder, the Glen Miller Ballroom has hosted many concerts including the Grateful Dead, but only this one Phish performance. Though an excuberant videographer pans and zooms more than necessary, Part 1 and Part 2 of this David Bowie show quite nicely what a typical Phish show looked like in the early 90’s: A handful of spotlights on stage without even rudimentary gel changers or other advanced lighting wizardry that would become a hallmark of the live show in coming years, the band arranged left-to-right, Fishman decked out in his Zero-Man garb, a modest crowd completely engrossed in the energy from the stage, no signs, cell phones or camera screens, and a make-shift stage with a black backdrop prior to the Minkins that graced the stages later in the decade.
Part I: (view count 4,100 as of posting)
Part II: (view count 1,200 as of posting)
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The thing about clichés is that they are mostly true.
It’s obvious after watching the Waxbanks-Wolfson-Gans cage match here on Phish.net and on Facebook over the past week that a lot of you feel very passionately about the Grateful Dead and Phish. More than a few of you feel very passionately about both and, like Waxbanks, I number myself among you. And more than a few of you favor one over the other with a generous measure of – let’s say – passion. It seems bafflingly necessary for some to litigate the merits or superiority of one over the other.
Welcome to the 64th installment of the Mystery Jam. As usual, we will be playing for an MP3 download courtesy of our friends at LivePhish.com / Nugs.Net. The rules haven't changed: you need to correctly identify the song and the date to win. Post your guess in the comments. One guess per person per day (with the second “day” starting after I post the hint). The hint will come on Tuesday and the answer will be posted on Wednesday. Good luck...
Tuesday Hint: No hint needed this week.
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The following excerpt from The Phish Companion is shared not only to encourage you to explore the book, but in light of concerns on the forum about jaded vets. We’re of course thrilled that so many people continue to discover (and rediscover) Phish, and welcome you to a site where connoisseurship sometimes puts praise in the context of historical variance. Previously posted in the earlier (Tumblr) version of this blog, it's now posted here...
There has been such extensive discussion about Phish’s high points that there are common suggestions for best performances (esp.12/31/95), strangest setlists (esp. 2/20/93), and most cosmic experiences (esp. 1/1/00). Much less attention is paid to the “bad moments” in Phishtory. You can find critique (and anything else) in excess in some places on the Internet, but it’s taboo in some circles. Many fans wear rose-colored blinders, or even nay-say about the possibility of mishaps, following the neo-hippie mantra that “it’s all good”. But it isn’t, even with Phish, and discussing that is a necessary responsibility in comprehensively covering their history and music.